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Dr. Know: Venemous Inquiries

Does Portland really have a brown recluse spider problem?

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My roommate claims Portland is full of deadly brown recluse spiders. I say the brown recluse menace is overstated. I also think he’s using said menace as an excuse not to clean the basement. W   More
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Portland’s Lost Luster

Is the national media’s love affair with Portland over?

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I hear some big fancy magazine has declared Portland the most “insufferable” city in America. Is the national media’s love affair with Portland over? And more important, who’s to blame?    More
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Bohemian Babylon?

Are hipsters to blame for Oregon’s high unemployment rate?

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Would I be wrong in assuming that Oregon’s high unemployment rate has been brought on by hip, jobless twentysomethings who move to Portland to embrace a bohemian lifestyle supported by Oregon    More
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Faithless Recyclers

How well do Portlanders sort their trash?

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Now that our trash is picked up biweekly, I find myself tempted to toss questionable items into the recycling bin, even though they don’t belong there. Of course, I’d never actually do this—   More
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: To Protect and Serve... the Banks?

Why are Portland Police guarding private banks?

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The downtown Bank of America has had a uniformed Portland cop stationed on site for months. Can’t these banksters afford their own security guards? They already ripped off the taxpayers—now we   More
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Classically Trained

What's the thinking behind playing classical music at MAX stops?

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Every morning as the MAX doors open at Lloyd Center, I hear the sounds of opera. I think I know the thinking behind this, but could you please illuminate us on whether the strategy is working?&nbs   More
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: An Explosive Whale Tale

Did the State of Oregon really blow up a whale?

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I’ve been hearing about this from a wide variety of bullshit artists ever since I moved to Portland, but I’m hoping you’ll have the real scoop: Did the State of Oregon really blow up a whale   More
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Primary Education

Is “Mischief Voting” Illegal?

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Can I change my party preference to Republican just so I can vote in the primary, and change back before the general election? Is it legal? I can’t stand to see Republicans having all the fun.&n   More
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: A Burning (Saint) Question

Why is there a statue of Joan of Arc in Laurelhurst?

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Tell me, O wise one: What does a flambéed French saint have to do with the Rose City? I ask because recently, in Laurelhurst, I came upon the improbable statue of one Joan of Arc. —Koan of Arc   More
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: The Down-Low on Downspouts

Is it safe to reconnect my downspouts?

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Like lots of folks, I disconnected my gutter downspouts from the storm-drain system to save the river. Now that the “Big Pipe” is finished, though, can I reconnect them? It’s a swamp over he   More
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 MARTY SMITH

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